I am an ecologist with nine years experience working in the charity, public and private environmental sector; specialising in the accounting of biodiversity, and other environmental impacts in the development sector.
Previously, I developed the Biodiversity Metric 3.0 calculation tool and was a main author of the guidance for Natural England up until its final publication in June 2021. I project managed the creation of the Small Sites Metric – Beta test and Biodiversity Net Gain QGIS Template for release and public consultation this year.
Since leaving Natural England, have been leading a team in the private sector focusing on accounting for biodiversity and water quality impacts of developments while proactively sourcing practical and viable solutions for mitigation and compensation by offsetting. Recent projects of interest include the review of National Highways Biodiversity Plan, planning to be Nature Positive for the Ministry of Justice sites and securing the creation of a 300ha nature reserve owned and managed by Ground Control.
I project managed on one of the eight national Biodiversity Credit Pilots for the restoration of 150ha of peatlands. I shaped the delivery of the Biodiversity Net Gain Habitat Management and Monitoring Template and I sit on the Biodiversity Metric sounding board. With my experience building the biodiversity metric tools and guidance and as an accredited Rivers and Streams surveyor, I have worked closely with riverine clients to successfully lobby government to influence change.
At a strategic level I have managed county level strategic mapping of access to nature and piloting species and habitat models to define Local Nature Recovery Networks.